UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

Stunning 4* cottage nr Stonehenge, Avebury & Salisbury

With 3 ensuite bedrooms and set within a beautiful thatched walled garden Enford House Cottage is the perfect place for a relaxing & peaceful break in the english countryside but is also within easy reach of many tourist attractions including Ston...

HOLSWORTHY WATERSTONE COTTAGE | 2 Bedrooms | Holsworthy | Sleeps 4

HOLSWORTHY WATERSTONE COTTAGE OVERVIEW This beautiful cottage is set in a peaceful location with stunning rural views. Situated just outside the tranquil village of Clawton, enjoy the peace and quiet of the Devonshire countryside in this warm and ...

CROYDE BARNCOTT | 4 BEDROOMS | CROYDE | SLEEPS 8

CROYDE BARNCOTT OVERVIEW Situated in the very heart of Croyde village, BARNCOTT is a wonderfully featured property just a ten minute stroll from the beach. It is presented in a country cottage style, featuring wood-beamed ceilings, flagstone fl...

BUCKS MILLS SOUTHWOOD | 4 BEDROOMS | BUCKS MILLS | SLEEPS 8

SOUTHWOOD is a character 4 bedroom Devonshire cottage dating back a couple of centuries. Originally two cottages, Numbers 11 & 12 have been 'knocked through' on the ground floor with the two original stairways remaining. A perfect character cottag...

BRAUNTON SILVER LINING | 2 Bedrooms | Braunton |

SILVER LINING OVERVIEW Silver Lining is a beautiful, modern contemporary home with commanding elevated views over Braunton countryside and is situated just a short drive from North Devon’s golden sandy beaches. It is close to Braunton village cen...

WOOLACOMBE PEBBLES COTTAGE | Sleeps 6 | Golf course | Outdoor swimming pool

WOOLACOMBE PEBBLES COTTAGE OVERVIEW PEBBLES COTTAGE is a gorgeous home situated within the quiet Willingcott Valley Resort and is a wonderful combination of a family holiday park in a great location, but without the chaos which so often accompanie...

Heddon Mill Honeysuckle Cottage | 1 Bedroom | Braunton | Sleeps 2 Ref 83176

HEDDON MILL HONEYSUCKLE COTTAGE OVERVIEW HONEYSUCKLE COTTAGE is a charming 1 bedroom rural retreat situated in the peaceful hamlet of Heddon Mill. The perfect all-year round holiday cottage for couples with a wood burning stove for cooler months a...

WOOLACOMBE DUCKS COTTAGE | 3 Bedrooms | Sleeps 6 | The best of coast and country

WOOLACOMBE DUCKS COTTAGE OVERVIEW DUCKS COTTAGE is a gorgeous home situated within the quiet Willingcott Valley Resort and is a wonderful combination of a family holiday park in a great location, but without the chaos, which so often accompanies a...

BRAUNTON GRANARY COTTAGE | 3 BEDROOMS | BRAUNTON | SLEEPS 6

BRAUNTON GRANARY COTTAGE OVERVIEW GRANARY COTTAGE benefits from a village location only a short gentle walk from the heart of Braunton, enabling guests to take advantage of a selection of pubs and restaurants offering a choice of different styles...

WESTWARD HO! SURF COTTAGE | Sleeps 6 | Upmarket holiday home with hot tub!

WESTWARD HO! SURF COTTAGE OVERVIEW This stylish 3-storey end-of-terrace apartment, sleeping 6 people comfortably, is conveniently positioned in the heart of the seaside village of Westward Ho! and only yards from the renowned blue-flag beach. West...
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